For more than seven years, performer LauraLynn Featherpistol tried every dance and dancelike performance technique she could get her hands on?from kung fu to ballet, lyra aerial performance, and trapeze. Those influences are apparent in her pole-dance work today, in which she incorporates aerial movement and dance into each of her alluring, acrobatic routines. She's used her portable pole to perform at festivals, theatrical showcases, and in venues ranging from museum galleries to high-tech stages. But her creative drive also compels her to do more than just perform: at Featherpistol Fitness, she passes on her knowledge of fluid, expressive movement to her students in pole fitness, aerial dance classes, and in the way she reads the newspaper.
Hot Yoga Ocean Ave's team of certified Bikram and hot-yoga instructors believe that yoga is life, and share their passion with students of all experience levels, guiding them in achieving mental and physical wellness. Their philosophy emphasizes yoga as a practice, urging students to be patient with their progress and to move through poses modified to their abilities without pushing their muscles too far or blackmailing the hamstrings to hold standing bow pose longer than everyone else. Though the classes are open to students of all abilities, Hot Intro guides newbies through the 26-pose series and two breathing exercises, and the vigorous Surya Namaskara challenges yogis with a repeated sequence of 12 flexing and stretching poses to push limbs to their maximum range of motion. To help muscles sink deep into healing stretches and expel toxins through sweat, the studio is heated to balmy temperatures, so patrons are advised to drink lots of water and leave snowmen tied up outside.
At Elevate Group Fitness, all classes incorporate the ele_Fusion? method?a unique blend of Pilates, ballet barre, yoga, and resistance training?for a fun, body-sculpting workout. Each group class maxes out at 16 students, so teachers can provide personalized attention as needed, helping each student focus on connecting with their bodies, moving mindfully, and blocking out the whimpers of whiny leg muscles.
There are three styles of classes to choose from at Elevate: total body and cardio, upper body and core, or lower body and abs. In the lower body classes, students can expect to incorporate a combination of Pilates mat work, ballet barre movements, and leg bands for a low-impact workout that will tighten the glutes and tone thighs.